May the Lord grant you grace and peace in the Holy Spirit. It is 10th May 2023. We celebrate the memorial of St. John of Avila, Priest, Doctor.
Grooming the world begins with brooming self.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
In the first reading, problems are perceived as the opportunity to let God in the community for the growth.
Our wounds and brokenness are healed as we attend to the pain of others.
In ventilating our visions, we maximize our missions.
In remaining in His love, we not only prune ourselves and willingness to unite with the other branches for wholistic fruitfulness.
“If the fruit we are to bear is love, its prerequisite is this ‘remaining’, which is profoundly connected with the kind of faith that holds on to the Lord and does not let go” (Jesus of Nazareth, Doubleday, New York 2007, p. 262). To bear fruit, we need to make Jesus the centre of our lives.
Pruning is done by the Word of God. “You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you.”
Our pruning is for growth not out of wrath. There is no need to cut the entire tree to make it fruitful but regular carefully calculated pruning allows us to remain with the Vine, Jesus. God offers growth in God’s time.
We cannot continue to be His disciple without being fruitful in loving and forgiving others.